Stephen King’s IT surprised everyone last month. With its careful balance of relatable childhood antics and genuine scares, IT managed to haul in over $630 million worldwide off it’s $35 million budget, breaking all sorts of records in the process.
Without a doubt, there was something special in the film that managed to go above and beyond the horror fan base. But what likely kept it from alienating mainstream fans was its avoiding of certain things like, oh, I don’t know, Pennywise eating a baby.
Well, it turns out that at least one scene like this happened in an earlier version of the script, as revealed by actor Timothy Simons on the Throwing Shade podcast. The actor, who tested for Pennywise, said:
“It was [Pennywise] way back at the beginning of Derry convincing the woman to give him her baby to eat. And it was scary. The thing that was scariest about it was that it was very direct. It was, ‘If you don’t do this, these are the things that I’m going to do.’ And they were all terrible.”
Terrible indeed. Needless to say, this didn’t make it into the film, but that’s not to say they shied away from much. We got to see Georgie’s arm get bitten off, and we were pretty much able to use our imaginations from there. But would this scene have added much or just alienated general audiences?
Let us know what you think down below!